Size: 48"W x 36"H x 1.75"D
Year Created: 2018
Ready to Hang
'Catastrophe' From my "Series of Pun Paintings". My initial idea was to have a golden bowling type trophy with a cat and donkey on top where you would normally see the "sporting person". When I did a search in Google for 'trophy' an image of a deer head on a mounted trophy which I though was perfect. The flint lock musket rifle is just there for decoration and has nothing with the pun. I thought it would be quite comical to have a rifle that took so long to load under a harmless common house cat and a donkey, an animal that doesn't move much.
*No animals were harmed in the creation of this painting.
In my 'pun paintings' I deconstruct the English language by use of the pun. I was once told “it isn’t what you paint, but how you paint it.” I became bound and determined to prove that statement wrong. In my work it is about what I paint and how I paint it that makes it jump off the canvas. My Pun Paintings appeal to me personally for the humorous aspect and the witty form of intellectual play. Collectors of my work have expressed to me how much they love my work, every time they see it, it makes them smile and ready for whatever activity is next on the agenda. Also what a great conversation starter they are.
Art and the act of creating has always been of interest to me. As a young child I would spend my allowance on 'How to Draw" books sketch pads, pencils and pens. I was attracted to books and magazines with a sense of humor and satirical aspects such as MAD magazine, of which I collected. Digging through of box of childhood memories I happened upon the book "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs", it was then that I realized where my appeal for food based images came from. Like most artists, I started with graphite and paper and it wasn't until college that I started painting and I was hooked. I feel that to truly learn about oneself, one must simply look at the early chapters of life's book.